The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, today announced a new 5-year multi-entry visa option for Chinese tourists coming to Ireland. The announcement coincides with the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and China, which were established on 22 June 1979, and recognises the importance of the Chinese tourist market and the attractiveness of Ireland as a tourist destination for Chinese citizens.
This latest change to the visa regime will be a major support in growing this important tourism market.
The new 5-year multi-entry visa option will become available on 1 July 2019. The option will be available where the applicant has a proven reliable travel history as evidenced by a visa previously granted by Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Schengen States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA and compliance with the terms of those visas.
Visitors can currently avail of a 1-year, 2-year or 3-year multi entry visa option. This new option will provide further flexibility for the regular holiday traveller (it is already available for business travellers). All applications can be made on-line.
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD said the new visa option for Chinese visitors to Ireland is a “testament to our commitment to strengthing the people-to-people links between our two countries and in recognition of the improved connectivity between us.”